Currently based in Van Buren, Maine, Danielle earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Western Washington University and her Master of Music degree at University of California Los Angeles, where she was seen regularly on the opera stage. Performances included Hermia in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, the titular role in both Tragedy of Carmen and in the west coast premiere of William Bolcom’s Lucrezia, and Prince Charming in Massenet’s Cendrillon. She also performed the role of Cherubino in the west coast premier of Saverio Mercadante’s I due Figaro in UCLA’s contribution to the Los Angeles-wide “Figaro Unbound” musical celebration of playwright Pierre Beaumarchais’ beloved characters.
Equally at home singing new compositions as she is performing from the standard repertoire of opera and art song, Danielle has been sought after to workshop, record, and perform new works. Recently she worked alongside violinists Movses Pogossian and Andrew McIntosh, violist Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Coleman Itzkoff to record “Sillage”, a new work by Armenian composer Artur Akshelyan. The piece was generously commissioned by Lina Melkonian for the Dilijan Chamber Music Series and the UCLA Armenian Music program. It will be released later this year as part of the 4-CD set “Serenade with a Dandelion”. Other recent collaborations include premiering and recording “Tekeyan Triptych”, by Artashes Kartalyan, and recording the theme music for “Traces of the Brush,” a critically acclaimed documentary on world renowned Chinese art historian and calligrapher Fu Shen, directed by Eros Zhao and scored by Jeff Kryka.
The last nine years have seen Danielle regularly performing Armenian repertoire alongside the VEM String Quartet, bringing Armenian music to schools and concert venues across North America. In the Spring of 2023 she traveled with the VEM String Quartet to give a series of concerts in Armenia where she also completed a short residency in Dilijan giving lessons, masterclasses, and concerts at local schools.